We present free energy calculations on the Michaelis complexes of the catalytic antibody 17E8 with two substrates, which differ only in their side chains. Replacing a -CH2- group with a -S- increases K(M) by a factor of about 5-8. This corresponds to a free energy 'preference' for the -CH2- ligand of about 0.9-1.3 kcal/mol. The calculations semiquantitatively reproduce the experimental free energies and show that the preference for a -CH2- over a -S- is mainly due to the more favorable solvation free energy in the unbound form of the molecule.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry